Song Accompaniment: Letting the Song Breathe with Jeff Gillett
How to fit the accompaniment to the song, rather than making the song fit the accompaniment: an approach that puts the singer first, and that can be used to improve and enhance the performance whatever your ability. Flashiness and technical brilliance are welcome, as long as they are prepared to know their place! This approach that works at every level of instrumental ability.
10am-11am Saturday Old Town Hall. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).

Playing Duets for tune players with Fran Wade:
for fiddles flutes and concertinas, etc. Ability to read music needed.  In essence the workshop will enable tune players to learn 4 or 5 new tunes from various countries and learn a harmony for each one, just for the simple pleasure of playing in harmony.
11am-12:30 pm   Saturday Old Town Hall. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).


West Country Songs
From the end of the Nineteenth Century up until the present day folk song collectors, including many of the best known, such as Cecil Sharp, Percy Grainger and Sabine Baring-Gould, have covered the West of England thoroughly. In this talk Martin looks at what they have found, particularly in Gloucestershire. An illustrated talk, with examples sung by Martin and Shan Graebe.
1-2pm Old Town Hall,  Saturday. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).


Looking After Your Voice
Your voice is a musical instrument that needs care and maintenance – particularly as we get older. Shan Graebe is a qualified speech and language therapist who has helped many amateur and professional singers to get the best out of their voices and to look after them.
2-3pm  Old Town Hall, Saturday. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).


Morris Workshop
Beginners Cotswold-style morris dancing workshop led by Mike Davis of Ragged & Old Morris, assisted by other members of the side. Suitable for complete novices or anyone interested in learning another tradition. Musician Bob Watkinson.
Sunday 10:30 am-11:30 The Little Vic. Free Admission.  Donations Welcome.

Step Clog Workshop
Introduction to step clog workshop led by Lesley Thackeray of Sabotage Clog, assisted by members of the side.  Suitable for anyone interested in learning step clog. No previous experience necessary.  Musician: Ben Thackeray
Sunday 11:45 am-12:45 The Little Vic. Free Admission.  Donations Welcome.


Dursley Music Session, set up by Anne & John Roberts, takes place on alternate Tuesday nights, 8.00pm onwards  Ye Olde Dursley Hotel, Long St., Dursley. The session regularly attracts about 10-15 musicians offering a good mix of traditional, more modern folk tunes, and a few songs thrown in. Musicians and listeners always welcome.  For further details contact Anne & John on 01453 548860, or message.
Friday evening at the Ale House 7-9pm 

As well as being members of Phoenix, Grand Union and Flying Clouds they have played on the ceilidh stages of all the major folk festivals in the country, including regular appearances at Sidmouth and Whitby. Their work with the Scottish Band Dalriada has taken them further afield to festivals in France, Poland, Sardinia and New Zealand. They have taught harmony singing through their involvement with the Prince Albert Consort in their home town of Stroud.
English Music Session Friday at the Ale House 9-11pm.

The Five Valleys Session meet at various locations in the district on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month until they find a permanent home. The music is mainly a mix of Celtic and English tunes, with a peppering of French, Scandinavian, Americana and a bit of blues. Alternatively, on the 1st Thursday of each month there is often an offshoot of this group playing mainly Balkan & Klezmer tunes.
Music Session at the Ale House Saturday 1-2:45pm. 

HOST of the AIR     (Mick Toher & Friends)
‘Mick hails from county Cork and therefore especially loves the music of Sliabh Luachra and loves accompanying people on guitar with these tunes. Nothing beats a good slide or polka in his mind. Songs in Gaelic are also a reference point in his repertoire. with a special fondness for the Cork ballads of Jimmy Crowley.’
Irish session Saturday at the Ale House 3-4:45pm

Double graduate musician, local folky, border morris box player, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and sometime singer of silly songs. Expect some Tchaikovsky, but not much.
English Song & Tune Session Sunday at the Ale House 1-2:45pm

Norma Mills (Bees Knees, Ukestroud) will host this session. All styles welcome and there will be some music for part playing. Bring a tune to share.
Sunday at the Ale House 3-4:45pm.

If you are interested in being involved – contact the sessions co-ordinator.  Brad McEwen

E-mail: Sessions Co-ordinator





Weekend Festival Programme

Saturday Dance Running Order



  • Most events in the Stroud Folk Weekend are free – please give generously when you see the collection buckets.
  • There are some ticketed events at the Sub Rooms and Ruskin Mill College – details are given on the programme listings where appropriate.






  • There are no camping facilities at the festival. However we have a number of sites in the surrounding Cotswold Hills.  Campsite List